Gilman Alumna Nizhoni Tallas (Switzerland, 2019) received the Udall Foundation Scholarship in the tribal policy category. She is the first Virginia Tech student to have won a scholarship in this category. Tallas also received a Beyond Boundaries scholarship, which supports students from underserved communities among others, and has served as an ambassador for the program, speaking about her experiences as a Native student studying in a STEM field.
“I’d love to be serving the Navajo community five to 10 years from now, building my career around the needs of the community and figuring out what the priorities are and how to work with them,” Tallas told Indian Country Today. “I’d like to contribute to the conservation of our natural resources and help motivate indigenous students to pursue higher education.”
The Udall Foundation awards scholarships, fellowships, and internships for study in fields related to the environment and to American Indians and Alaska Natives in fields related to health care and tribal public policy.
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